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CHINA CREATES AN "ONLINE ARMY"

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Posted by abeodbart May 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

The Chinese government confirms it has established an online warfare team to beef up the defense capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to various reports Friday.

Geng Yansheng, spokesperson for China’s Defense Ministry, was quoted to say that the PLA set up the cyberwar unit, or “cyber blue team”, to support its military training and upgrade the army’s Internet security defense.

A report from China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency noted that Geng’s comments came after the PLA Daily on May 17 revealed the existence of a cyber warfare unit. The media outlet, which covers news on the army, added that the blue team operates under the Guangzhou Military Region–one of seven across China–and had conducted a synchronized Internet exercise with different military units in late-April.

The Guangzhou cyberwar network reportedly employs over 30 Internet specialists.

Geng rebuffed suggestions that the cyber warfare unit was set up to be a “hacker” squad launching online attacks against other countries’ systems.

“Cyberattacks have become an international problem affecting both civilian and military areas,” he said in a report from Global Times. “China is relatively weak in cybersecurity and has often been targeted. This temporary program is aimed at improving our defenses against such attacks.”

Full article at ZDNet Asia

 

COMMENTS
May 31, 2011 at 8:04 am
ChrisP says:

They would do well to focus inwards – on the spam outfits using IPs within their country to flood the rest of the world with crap.


May 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm
roz says:

gives a whole new dimension to world of warcraft! :D


May 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm
B. Miller says:

This reminds me of an idea formed in Metal Gear Solid.. I wonder if Hideo Kojima is behind this?


June 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm
alan says:

China creates an “online army”
To kill me? Virtually speaking.


June 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Mark says:

The Chinese are way too strict with their Internet regulations, especially in the case of their great fitewall blocking people from freedom on the net.


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